How Smoking, Alcohol, and Recreational Drugs Affect Your Teeth
A healthy, attractive smile is more than just the result of good dental hygiene. Your lifestyle can also make a big difference in the health and appearance of your smile. A balanced diet, regular checkups, and even exercise can all promote good dental health.
On the other hand, unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking, and recreational drug use can all cause damage over time, including:
• Stained teeth
• Chronic bad breath
• Dry mouth
• Tooth decay
• Tooth loss
• Gum disease
• Cracked and otherwise damaged teeth
• Oral cancer
You can take steps to reduce the damage, however. You can see immediate improvements if you quit smoking or using recreational drugs. We can provide you with additional information about support and treatments that can help you quit smoking or using drugs. If you drink, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink or quitting entirely can help reduce the damage.
On a daily basis, you can brush your teeth with a soft brush and fluoridated toothpaste at least twice a day, and then floss between your teeth. Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins, and limit sweet or starchy foods. Drink tap water whenever possible, and chew sugar-free gum. Do not brush for at least half an hour after vomiting. You may need more frequent dental checkups to monitor your dental health. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist.